Sheldon Lavin is the managing chairman and CEO of OSI Group. OSI Group is an American meat processing company which is private. It services both retail and food services industries and has its international headquarters in Aurora, Illinois. Sheldon Lavin is a degree holder in Accounting and Finance. He entered the meat processing industry about 47 years ago. Before his entry into the industry, Lavin was into investment banking. He first joined OSI Group as a financial consultant then known as Otto and Sons but later on became a partner. Lavin was able to expand its operations into Asia, South America, and Europe.

On 20th February 2016, Sheldon Lavin received the Global Visionary Award. The Global Visionary Award is an award rewarded to visionaries in various fields. It is awarded by the India Vision World Academy, aiming to inspire people to follow in the footsteps of the visionaries who have achieved in different areas. Sheldon was awarded for his persistence which saw OSI Group become a multi-billion international company from a small private food company.

OSI Group has been able to acquire various companies to increase its expansion and growth. One of the most known deals is the inclusion of the Baho Foods in August 2016. Baho is a Netherlands-based company which deals with the production of convenience foods and meat. The acquisition of Boha has enabled OSI Group to get into the European market since it has an established market in Europe. Apart from Baho Foods, another addition was Flagship Europe.

In his interview with Global Icon, Sheldon states that he joined financial consulting as his academic background is in accounting and finance. He started in the meat processing industry when the Kolschowsky family built the first meat processing company in West Chicago. His vision for OSI as he began was to grow the company to a world-class food processing enterprise. According to Sheldon, innovation has always been in his DNA. The employees as OSI work and live as one big family. The family culture has enabled them to achieve a lot in the meat processing industry.

Under Sheldon’s leadership, OSI Group has received several awards. It was awarded the Globe of Honor by the British Safety Council in 2016 for the risk management strategies. The company was also rewarded an environmental award in November 2016.

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